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Thu
25
Apr

Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee passes medical marijuana Bill

HB 243, better known as the CARE Act, has cleared the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee and will now head to the full Senate just one month after Republican State Rep. and former Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent Mike Ball introduced the bill. Advancing out of committee represents a crucial step for the key medical marijuana legislation, bringing Alabama that much closer to a legal and regulated medical cannabis program.

Thu
25
Apr

Clinical trial for fast-acting cannabis tablets announced in Israel

Israeli company Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has begun a clinical trial for the tablets, which could provide a new and relatively fast way to ingest cannabis—especially for those who are unable or unwilling to smoke it.

Thu
25
Apr

Medical cannabis approved by Alabama senate judiciary committee

A bill that would allow for limited legal medical marijuana sales in Alabama was advanced by state lawmakers earlier this week.

The bill was advanced in a 6-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a public hearing. The bill will now be decided upon by the Alabama Senate.

If the bill passes, it would create a medical cannabis commission for cultivating, processing and establishing a licensing program for dispensaries that would depend on demand. The program would also include a registry system for patients to be issued medical cannabis cards. The bill would cap the THC content at 3 percent.  

Tue
23
Apr

More cancer patients are treating chronic pain with cannabis than opioids

When it comes to treating chronic pain, cancer patients are now more than twice as likely to use medical marijuana than prescription opioids, according to a new survey, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure.

Mon
22
Apr

Louisiana bills seek to legalize marijuana

More than a dozen bills related to marijuana have been filed by Louisiana legislators for this year’s session, including three that would take different paths to full legalization.

House Bill 462 by Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport, calls for a state constitutional amendment that would allow local governing authorities to hold elections to decide whether sale, possession, distribution and use of marijuana would be permitted in their jurisdictions. Constitutional amendments require approval of two-thirds of the members of the state House and Senate and a majority of voters.

Mon
22
Apr

Legislators in Texas are ready to make reformative marijuana laws

In an effort to make one of the most populated states more marijuana-friendly, Texas State legislators are moving towards decriminalizing simple possession, along with a couple of other things.

Texas has long been one of the states that have been on the front lines of the War on Drugs.

 

3 major bills in the works

Currently there are 3 very important bills that may revolutionize the cannabis laws in Texas.

The first one, and the one most likely to pass, is the Act which would decriminalize simple possession. That bill advanced from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee a few days ago.

Mon
22
Apr

States with legal medical marijuana have seen a drop in workplace deaths

The widespread adoption of medical marijuana laws may be having an unexpected effect: making workplaces safer.

Several states have adopted medical marijuana laws in the last several years. A recent study seems to suggest that states with such laws saw a subsequent drop in the number of workplace fatalities among young adult workers.

Mon
22
Apr

Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas set to start mid-May

With the harvest of the state’s first legal cannabis crop just days away, sales of medical marijuana in Arkansas should begin in mid-May, according to government regulators. Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said on Friday that a dispensary in Hot Springs should receive final approval for its license to sell medical marijuana within the next two weeks and a second retailer in the city should be inspected in about a week. Eventually, there will be 32 licensed dispensaries to serve the state.

Fri
19
Apr

Can cannabis help you get off Xanax?

For Meghan O’Dea, anxiety manifests as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and a loss of energy and appetite, writes Danielle Simone Brand. Repetitive and intrusive thoughts, she told Civilized, such as “everybody hates me,” or self-criticism over personal or professional shortcomings can get in the way of enjoying life. Occasionally, she even has debilitating panic attacks — some of which last days — that can make it difficult to carry on with her normal responsibilities.

Thu
18
Apr

How recreational marijuana is changing the way doctors care for patients

The legalization of recreational marijuana in a number of states is creating new research opportunities and challenges for doctors.

Because of the way cannabis is viewed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal law has severely limited any research on marijuana. Now that it's legal in states such as Michigan and Colorado, researchers are able to collect more data on problems that hadn't been clearly identified.

According to a new report, people who regularly use marijuana might need as much as two times more medication to sedate them when undergoing medical procedures compared with the amount required by non-users.

Researchers focused their study on people undergoing endoscopic procedures at one community hospital in Colorado.

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